Empower

DSC_0693To equip or invest with power; to enable; to grant authority or responsibility

Fear does not have any special power unless you empower it by submitting to it. Les Brown

We must make the choices that enable us to fulfill the deepest capacities of our real selves. Thomas Merton

You can change your beliefs so they empower your dreams and desires. Create a strong belief in yourself and what you want. Marcia Weider  

   If we were ‘magically’ granted the ability to succeed at anything, and really believed in the power of this magic; we would be ‘empowered’ and would be more successful. We do truly have access to this kind of magic.

Many parents try to empower their children with powers of belief and creative imagination. Those who have been successfully empowered by their parents are more likely to succeed at empowering their own children. If we have good role models, we are more likely to be successful at empowering ourselves, our children and others. It is so much easier for us to be truly empowered when we have seen and been taught this principle by others.

We will always be ultimately responsible for who we are and what we do with our lives. It is great if we have had positive role models that taught us to have high goals and standards, to hold ourselves accountable, to be ambitious, and to make something of ourselves. If we did not have such strong role models, we have to dig down deeper and try that much harder. Ultimately, it becomes a matter of self-empowerment. The ‘naked truth’ is that life pretty much becomes what we decide to make of it. Being either proactive or passive, largely determines the end results. Being engaged, motivated and focused is the indication that we have been self-empowered.

The more we learn to believe in ourselves, have high expectations, and escape our comfort zones; the more we will be empowered. We are our own worst enemies. If we continue to doubt, whine, complain, blame and accept the status quo; we are ‘un-empowered’. On the other hand, if we empower ourselves, we have virtually unlimited potential to do whatever it is that we really want to do and commit to.

We do this by believing in ourselves, stretching, growing and taking methodical and continuous steps forward. As kids we were empowered by others. Now, we must empower ourselves. We are responsible for the beds we are sleeping in. The time has come to realize this. Each of us decides our own fate. We are capable of being more proactive. Inside our head is a button labeled ‘empower’. We have the ability to activate it by ‘willing it so’. We can turn ourselves on by making this choice. Our lives will take off and lead us in new and wonderful paths.

Challenge:  You are empowering yourself whenever you take on a new task and commit to it. The more you do it, the better you become. Those that succeed, do so because they are empowered. You have many opportunities to grow and improve. You must stop procrastinating, avoiding opportunities and excusing yourself. It is time to take on the challenges. Empower yourself, take charge of your life, keep on doing it and ‘keep going forward.’

Wisdom: I think education is power. I think that being able to communicate with people is power. One of my main goals on the planet is to encourage people to empower themselves. Oprah Winfrey

Spiritual: (NIV)

For God did not give us the spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline.  II Timothy 1:7

Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord. Isaiah 40:29

Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ. Romans 10:17

We can never know what real empowerment is until we turn our lives over to God. As we walk closer with Him, we become increasingly empowered. As God empowers us, our faith and confidence grows. We can look around and see those whose confidence and faith is high. It is because of their relationship with Him. Paul tells us that God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-discipline. This should greatly empower us.

Prayer:  Empower me to use the talents and abilities You have given me to become what You want me to be.

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